Wednesday Hodgepodge

Wednesday Hodgepodge – 3rd February

I have been very remiss and not taken part in the Wednesday Hodgepodge for some time, and I am very glad to join in today. Thank you Joyce for your questions this week and I hope you feel better soon!


1. Describe love using all five senses-

Sight – my daughter’s face inches from my own when she deals with my chin. She must love me to do that.

Sound – a Christmas carol played in four part harmony by my husband, my children and me,  together.

Smell – my putting up with…well, let’s just leave it there!

Taste – a cup of tea made for me by my children or my husband without me asking for it.

Touch – a spontaneous hug (both giving and receiving)

2. February is Canned Food Month. What’s your favourite food that comes straight from a can?

Heinz tomato soup. It reminds me of childhood and it is my go-to food when I feel down or ill, and it is a must have accompaniment to my mum’s cheese and onion pie. Seriously good soup.

3. A principal in a UK school recently sent home a letter to parents requesting they (the parents!) dress appropriately when escorting their children to/from school (basically saying please don’t wear your pajamas). You can read the letter here. It’s gotten a lot of publicity, both positive and negative. Your thoughts? And do/did you ever make the school run (or hit Starbucks, Walmart, etc) in your pjs?

Ohhhh this story made me so mad when it dropped! There are a couple of layers and subtext to this story so I’ll try and be brief with my rant. I understand that mornings are rushed for parents with primary school aged children, but it is no different now that it ever has been, and if mums of yesteryear (myself included) could manage to get ourselves and our kids up, dressed, breakfasted and out to school I really can’t see why modern mums can’t do the same.

But that isn’t the argument here. What has been happening for a couple of years now has been this creeping assumption that it’s ok to “dress down” in public. The parents of this school have not just been dropping their kids off in a morning while dressed in their pyjamas, but they have been turning up to parent-teacher meetings, school concerts, reward assemblies etc like that too. To me, it smacks of a total lack of respect for the authority of the staff at the school and if the parents have a lack of respect, how can they expect the kids to respect them either?

I am all for dressing comfortably – I have stomach problems and after several operations I can’t wear tight bands around my waist any more – but there are other, smarter, options than pyjamas. To wear pyjamas to school is pure laziness and there is no excuse I’m afraid.

4. Crew neck, V-neck, turtleneck, scoop neck…which is most prevalent in your wardrobe?

I can’t stand to wear turtlenecks AT ALL, and I have a mixture of crew neck and v-necked tops throughout my wardrobe.

5. I read here recently a list of four things to avoid so you wake up happier. They were late night snacks, hitting the snooze button, social media just before bed/upon waking, checking emails. 

Are you guilty of any of these behaviours? Which on that list do you need to work harder at avoiding?

I don’t snack late at night (I’m not really a snacker to be honest), I only use the snooze button at the weekends when I have to be out of the house at a certain time and it only usually gets pushed once or twice, I am guilt of the social media thing (both at night and in the morning) and I don’t bother with emails until I’m at my desk. I don’t think I’m any less happy waking up in the morning because of social media topping and tailing my day but if there is anything to improve in my routine it would be that I think.

6. Share something you remember about a house you lived in as a child? Of all the homes you lived in as a child, which did you love best?

I grew up in a house that saw all three of me and my brothers were born in, and the best thing about it for me was when my youngest brother was born. It meant that I could have the boxroom to myself while my two brothers had to share, and the best BEST best bit was that my dad built me my own bed in it.

7. Your favourite movie based on a true story?

“The Great Escape”. I know it was only loosely based on a true story, but it is of my favourites of all time.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

Today is the feast day of St Blaise, a 1st century Turkish physician who is the patron saint of wool combers. When he was alive and practising, he healed both humans and animals before moving on to take care of spiritual healing as a priest. It is unclear why he was tortured to death, apart from his connections with Emperor Licinius, and he was beheaded after being beaten with hammers and hot metal combs. Sounds a horrible death and a bit extreme for someone who appears to be so gentle and to whom animals were drawn for healing and comfort.

As a crafter who uses wool regularly I will say a prayer of thanks today for his life and for his faith in the days around the time the Bible was being compiled by the first council of Nicea.

st blaise




4 thoughts on “Wednesday Hodgepodge – 3rd February”

  1. Dropping by from Hodgepodge! I love when my husband makes a cup of tea or coffee without me asking. 🙂 Thanks for the info on St. Blaise. The lives of the Saints is very interesting….I didn’t know about this Saint. Have a frog-tastic day!


  2. My teacher daughter said she had a parent come to a conference in her pjs. So disrespectful in m opinion. I think of course there are exceptions, but we all know the principal was not addressing those too ill to dress, or who’ve worked all night. Cheese and onion pie sounds delish!


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